One's place in this hierarchy determined every aspect of life, right down to what clothes could be worn. Nesschekav religion was built off of a combination of human sacrifices and lengthy rituals involving both fire and water. In the year 642, the last leader of the Nesschekav, Grand Exalted One Nel'desh'tan, was selected following the death of his unknown predecessor. Surviving accounts describe him as an ineffectual leader, more concerned with gaining power and wealth for himself and his family than ruling the nation.
Unfortunately, those survivors brought back something even worse than the Bohemian's swords: disease. Cholera and smallpox utterly ravaged Nesschekav, reducing the population by nearly 80% in just two years. In 684, the Bohemian colonists declared war on Nesschekav, and in eight months, conquered the entire eastern half of the island before suing for peace. The next ten years saw two more foreign incursions into Nesschekav land. In the north-west, a host of ethnic Russians violently seized the upper half of the remaining Nesschekav land, while in the south-west, a host of Cossacks invaded and conquered the rest. Nel'desh'tan was captured during the fighting with the Russians, and was burned at the stake for heresy.